Strawberry Chia Pudding Parfait
It feels like summer here in LA and we've got just about 80 days left on the wedding countdown, so we're keeping the snacks as light, healthy, and sugar-free as possible! This easy chia parfait has been my go-to snack lately. It's light enough to make a great breakfast or guilt-free dessert, but hearty enough to kill your sweet cravings and make a great post-workout meal. The chia seeds are packed with fiber, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids and are considered a superfood - so we could all use more of them in our diets! Plus, they make an excellent stand in for thick, creamy pudding. We are totally crushing on Forager's new unsweetened, cashew-based yogurt right now and used it to make our parfait. You can use whatever yogurt you like, but try to choose one without added sugar or preservatives. The real-er, the better. Especially when you're snacking! Strawberries are already in season here in California, but you can sub in whatever fruit makes you swoon. Toppings are customizable too, so you do you babes. The real point here is make a healthy, hearty, on-the-go snack that you can feel good about eating. And this one you for sure can!
Looking for other strawberry recipes this season? Try our Strawberry Lemon Crisp, Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie, Strawberry Rhubarb and Rosemary Galette, and Peanut Butter and Berry Acai Bowl!
Vanilla Chia Pudding
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1-3 drops of liquid stevia (or sweetener of your choice)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Chia Pudding Parfait
1/2 cup vanilla chia pudding
1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy yogurt
1/4 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
coconut chips, garnish
In a large bowl whisk together the chia seeds, almond milk, stevia (or sweetener) and vanilla. Let sit about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick - the texture of pudding. Set aside.
Chop your strawberries and prep your toppings. If you don't have (or like) coconut chips and pepitas, you can sub in nuts, granola, other fruits - whatever you've got on hand!
To make the parfait, layer alternating 1/4 cups of chia pudding and yogurt into a cup or dish, and top with your favorite toppings and sliced strawberries. Easy peasy!
Leftovers last in the fridge about 3 days in an airtight container.
This recipe serves 1, but can be easily doubled or quadrupled for sharing!
Black Bean Citrus Slaw Tacos + BEETxBEET Giveaway!
Today happens to be National Taco Day! Yup, it's the best, most real of all the Taco Tuesday's we're going to celebrate this year. To get the party started, my friend Jacky and I from vegan apparel company BEETxBEET have teamed up to to share with you one of our favorite, easy Taco Tuesday recipes paired with a 'Lesbi Vegan' taco t-shirt giveaway - perfect for anyone who loves a good taco!
I love the vegan clothing and awareness company BEETxBEET and that they stand up for our animal friends, but I love owner, activist and girl boss Jacky Wasserman even more. We've been friends for a few years now after meeting at a vegan Oktoberfest and interviewing her about her company back where she first started. She works her ass off saving animals and making rad clothing, which has expanded from a few humble t-shirts to hats, notebooks and sometimes even customized cup cozies! She's had some great new, clever shirts come out lately so we decided to team up and create a recipe based on each of her most popular styles - and pair them each with a giveaway of the t-shirt itself! We made some great meals we think you guys are going to love - and then got to eat them ALL. Haha, but only to make sure they tasted perfectly before we shared them. Promise. (Ahh, the life of a food blogger. It's rarely glamorous, but it is full of taste-tests!)
You can get the recipe by scrolling down a bit. To enter the giveaway to WIN your very own 'Lesbi Vegan' tee, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and fill out the widget. We'll let the widget randomly choose one winner and we'll email that person directly for size information + gender preference. GOOD LUCK!
2 - 15 oz. cans black beans, drained (OR about 2 cups cooked black beans)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3 cups broccoli slaw (store bought OR just shredded broccoli, carrots + red cabbage)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
tortillas, for serving
pepitas, for garnish
fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish
In a medium cast iron or sauce pan combine the beans, coconut oil, lime juice, cider vinegar, soy sauce, cumin, salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika and chili powder. Stir to combine, and simmer over low-medium heat.
While the beans cook, make the broccoli slaw by tossing together the shredded broccoli, carrots + red cabbage with lime juice, olive oil, and salt. Set aside.
Prepare the tortillas by heating them on a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot, then flip and heat through. Keep warm tortillas wrapped in a clean towel or a tortilla warmer until ready to serve.
Once the beans have cooked, portion them evenly into the tortillas then top with broccoli slaw, pepitas and freshly chopped cilantro. Serve immediately!
Leftovers can be refrigerated separately for up to a week.
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